Mid-winter 2010I decided that it was time to get back online. I got in touch with an ISP that was recommended by some friends but they told me that I couldn't have ADSL2 and offered to post some information. Not email, mail!
I contacted Internode and within a couple of weeks the job was done. Then, on 10 September 2010, Internode's Simon Hackett ‡ blogged:
Sometimes life seems a little too serious.
Sometimes, just when it feels that way, something can appear in your life that brings you a little ray of light.
Like… a NodePony.
Someone mysterious (ok, it was me) decided, a while ago, that the world would be a better place if it contained… NodePonies!
Sometimes we just need one little extra thing, in order to feel fulfilled.
This week, we decided to let some NodePonies out into the wild.
Some NodePony care packages started quietly arriving here and there over the last few days.
Then they started getting noticed:
… and as a result, we have seen a small, but significant, increase in the total happiness in the world.
I followed the “How do I get one?” instructions and my NodePony care package arrived on 20 September 2010.
Simon Hackett's hypothesis is correct, I do feel an increase in total happiness—especially because it has been reported that NodePonies are very selective about whom they live with.
NodePony (aka eponym) enjoying 'Buffy vs Edward: Twilight Remixed'. Go, Buffy!
How does she think I'm going to get this open?
NodePony getting to know some of the herd.
These books are so old! Perhaps it's true that the dead tree model of publishing has no future and that digital is better when it comes to books. JFGI!
Off to work we go.
‡ Just in case you were wondering, Simon and I are not related but—after sending me a NodePony of my very own—I might consider adopting him.